Instituto de Filosofia
The Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto (Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto) is a research unit with consolidated activities organized in two thematic lines and six research groups, agreggating several projects and fellowships with external funding.
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Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
The Middle Ages is a millennium-long period with an extraordinary importance in History of Philosophy. The contemporary philosophical vocabulary was mainly built and consolidated through many medieval translations and discussions, and the disciplinary organization of Philosophy was shaped around the university commentaries on Aristotle’s works. The philosophical origin of the Modern sciences (Logic, Metaphysics, Physics, Cosmology, Meteorology, Psychology, Ethics, Politics, etc.) comes from this process, which deserves attention and a deeper research. This intellectual dynamic and the confluence of classical sources from different languages (Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew) in the creation of medieval philosophical are the main research focus of the “Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy” Thematic Line, encompassing the study of great and minor thinkers. Both Medieval Philosophy research groups promote the study of medieval philosophies without chronological restrictions, preferring to explore the continuities and ruptures with both Classical thought and Modern Philosophy, with a theoretical interest in a close dialogue with Contemporary Philosophy. We promote research free from commitments to any school or doctrinal orientation.
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Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
Assessing what counts as 'contemporary' (or 'now', or 'modern', or even simply 'current agenda') in contemporary philosophy is one of the central goals of Modern and Contemporary thematic line. Obviously, what counts as philosophy is itself also a question for contemporary philosophy. These are meta-questions that this thematic line will be dealing with, starting from the acknowledgment that the 4 research groups it comprises work with, or within, different conceptions of philosophy.